понедельник, 28 марта 2011 г.

Колоквіум з питань культурних трансформацій і культурної політики

29 - 30 березня 2011 року в Харкові відбудеться «Колоквіум з питань культурних трансформацій і культурної політики», організований Управлінням культури і туризму Харківської обласної державної адміністрації, Харківською державною академією культури та Харківським національним університетом імені В.Н Каразіна.

Серед найважливіших подій Колоквіуму:

29 березня, 17:00, ХНУ ім. Каразіна, мала актова зала (пл. Свободи, 4, 4 поверх) - круглий стіл: «Що таке сучасна культурна політика?»

Модератор: Олександр Філоненко (ХНУ імені В. Н. Каразіна)

Спікери: Ханс Ульріх Гумбрехт (Стенфордський університет, США),
Олександр Івашина (Києво-Могилянська академія),
Вахтанг Кебуладзе (КНУ ім. Т. Г. Шевченка),
Михайло Мінаков (Фонд якісної політики),
Костянтин Сігов (Центр європейських гуманітарних досліджень, Київ),
Павло Гудімов (Я-галерея, Київ),
Олександр Кравченко (Харківська державна академія культури),
Павло Маков (художник, Харків).

30 березня, 17:00, актова зала Харківської державної академії культури (Бурсацький узвіз, 4) - публічна лекція Ганса Ульріха Гумбрехта: «Присутність і атмосфера в повсякденній естетиці».

четверг, 17 марта 2011 г.

Internalization of Post-Soviet Universities

Dear colleagues,

We are very happy to inform you that International conference “Internalization of Post-Soviet Universities” would take place on May, 19-21, 2011 in Kiev, Ukraine at National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.

During this conference we plan to summarize the results of our cooperation and to discuss the following topics:

  1. the understanding of internalization in Western academic tradition and its application to post-soviet reality;
  2. the obstacles for successful internalization of post-soviet universities and the optimal ways of its overcoming;
  3. internalization in teaching and conducting researches;
  4. the successful models of internalization at institutional and personal level;
  5. Swedish experience in the area of internalization and possibilities for its implementation in post-soviet countries;
  6. the optimal forms of support academic activities of researchers from post-soviet countries;
  7. legal regulation of the process of internalization, etc. You are also very welcome to present the results of your current researches and to share plans for future researches.

Please, indicate your interest for participation in this conference and send me a title of your presentation before March, 21, 2011.
We plan to publish the proceedings of the conference, so expect to have a full text of your paper before May, 1, 2011.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail: sergiy.kurbatov@gmail.com.

I am looking forward for our meeting and expect interesting and fruitful event!

Yours sincerely,
Sergiy Kurbatov
Institute of Higher Education
National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine

четверг, 3 марта 2011 г.


OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT PROGRAM are pleased to invite the junior university teachers in the humanities and social sciences in the countries of South-Eastern Europe and Eurasia to participate in the projects of the REGIONAL SEMINAR FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING (ReSET)


DISCIPLINE Sociology, Humanities, Anthropology, Gender/Women/Queer Studies, Feminist Theory

PROJECT PERIOD June 2011 - May 2014

HOST INSTITUTION National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine



Maria Mayerchyk
Senior Lecturer, Research Associate, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

Olga Plakhotnik
Associate Professor, National Aeronautic University “KhAI”, Ukraine


Sara Crawley
Associate Professor, University of South Florida, USA

Tuula Juvonen
Senior Lecturer, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Stevi Jackson
Professor, University of York, UK

A principle objective of the project is to promote innovative undergraduate teaching in the region and to develop cutting-edge courses on gender and sexuality based on strong social constructionist and critical vision of sex, sexuality, and gender; to launch the teaching of queer theory, feminist analysis of sexuality and other approaches, which interpret sexualities politically, through the prisms of proliferated power and inequalities. The project will introduce and discuss fundamental ideas/theories/methodologies in the study of gender and sexuality, and engage with practical application of the theories in the comprehension of everyday life. The project will help junior university teachers formulate pedagogical philosophies and develop skills for intellectually productive engagement with students, critical rethinking of the state of the art in teaching and curricula on the subject, and the development of approaches to teaching that are critical and innovative in both content and form.


Sociology, Humanities, Anthropology, Gender/Women/Queer Studies, Feminist Theory

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Academic profile
Applicants must have teaching positions at undergraduate university programs in the target region, and must teach (or intend to teach in the near future) courses relevant to project’s subject

Language Requirements
Applicants must have sufficient competence in reading and participating in academic discussions in English

How to Apply
To apply for participation in the project candidates should provide the set of documents:

  • Statement of Purpose. A brief (up to 2 pages) description of the applicants' current teaching and researching interests and goals; how the theme of the project corresponds to their academic background and current professional activities; how they see the participation in the ReSET project enhance their academic and professional development; how they can effectively contribute to the program; a list of books/articles read by the applicant on the subject of the project in the last year, familiarity with professional journals, networks, on-line resources, etc, to define the level of currency of the applicant within the scholarship on the topic; information about proficiency in English.
  • Curriculum Vitae. Outlining academic and professional history for the period of at least the last 5 years; CV should include full list of publications with holding of relevant to the theme of the project.
  • A Syllabus of an academic course developed or taught by the applicant on the subject of the project or/and short Essay or a Writing Sample on the theme of the project.

Please, join Statement of Purpose and Curriculum Vitae sequentially in one file. Begin the name of each prepared file of application with your last name (for example, ivanenko_Statement_and_CV, ivanenko_syllabus, ivanenko_writingsample, ets). The files have to be sent in .doc or .pdf formats.

CV and Statement of Purpose must be in English; Syllabus and Writing Sample is acceptable in English, Ukrainian, or Russian.

Deadline for applications March 15, 2011

Contact person: Olena Boriak
E-mail gsp.reset@googlemail.com

вторник, 1 марта 2011 г.

Soviet Legacies and post-Soviet Practices: Economics, Politics, and Everyday life

Embassy of France in Ukraine (France)
Journal “Ukraina Moderna” (Ukraine)
Doctoral School of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine)
Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa (Canada)
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales [EHESS] (France)
Ostroh Academy National University (Ukraine)
Centre franco-russe de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales de Moscou (Russia)

are pleased to announce the Third International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine

Soviet Legacies and post-Soviet Practices: Economics, Politics, and Everyday life
Ostroh (Ukraine), 4-10 July 2011

Program description:

Soviet Joke:
“Can a person live earning just a salary?”
“We don’t know - we’ve never tried.”

This Soviet joke illustrates how the Soviet socio-economic system really worked, but it still sounds surprisingly cogent today. In many ways it describes the everyday life not only of ordinary citizens, but also of state officials, politicians, and businessmen. Explaining the vivacity of this joke will be the challenge of our Summer School.

The International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine was initiated in 2009 by the French Embassy in Ukraine under the theme of “Studying Memories of Central and Eastern Europe” in Uman, three hours south of Kyiv. With the Second School, held in Dnipropetrovsk in 2010 on “Approaches to Post-Soviet Transformations”, academic partners now included the Mohyla Doctoral School, Ukraina Moderna, and the EHESS in Paris and the Chair in Ottawa. The local partner in 2011 will be the renowned Ostroh Academy National University in Western Ukraine.
>From the start, the Summer School in Ukraine has developed a thematic focus encompassing the former Soviet Bloc (former Soviet Union and Central Europe), and an international participation of scholars and doctoral students from the former Soviet Union, Central and Western Europe, North America and elsewhere. Our ambition, for the 2011 Third Summer School is to bring the economic dimension into political and social analyses of Soviet and post-Soviet societies (of the former Soviet Bloc). In doing so, we expect to explore the relationships and the mutual dependence between economics, politics and society, with a special focus on everyday practices.

The socio-economic peculiarities of the Soviet system – state-run economy, scarcity of goods, informal practices, dominance of the centre over peripheries – continue to shape post-Soviet realities. The drastic socio-economic changes of the late 1980s led to the appearance of fascinating rules, practices and social roles, which have often been presented as “new.” The first private enterprises, privatization campaigns, economic criminality, Komsomol-run business, everyday adaptation and survival strategies are a few examples of these phenomena. One may wonder, however, to what extent they were truly new, or more an outgrowth of the experience of the Soviet years.

Twenty years later, when market economies seem to be established throughout the region, the peculiar relationship between economics, politics and society, often analyzed as flawed and malfunctioning, remains under-studied. Political parties or positions for sale, the widespread practice of kickbacks (“?????”) in business, the unique role of interpersonal connections (simultaneously frowned upon and seen as necessary for access to everything from medical care to debt financing), the particular local conception of meritocracy, all call for fresh inquiries.

The Third International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine will provide a unique forum for the presentation and discussion of exciting research on economy, politics, and everyday life. Major themes that of particular interest to the School include:

  • The Interplay Between Economy and Politics: political careers and falls from power, taxation, privileges, redistribution, corruption, citizen interactions with state institutions, the economic dimension of social and political activism, centre/periphery relations in the Soviet and post-Soviet context.
  • Economy and Everyday Life: poverty and wealth, labor migration, market phenomena in a non-market economy, non-market practices in a market economy, blat, networking and the economy of favors, the social way of coping with the scarcity and the asymmetry of goods in the village or in the city.
  • Configurations of Entrepreneurship: the origins and behavior of Soviet and post-Soviet entrepreneurs, the role of business in politics, the strategies of taking opportunities of dramatic economic changes, economic criminality and its transformations.

Theoretical and methodological contributions on analytical tools available to the study socio-economic practices are most welcomed.

The Summer School is designed to be interdisciplinary and international. The organizers welcome historical, sociological, anthropological, political science, and economic contributions, as well as relevant proposals from other fields. Participants are expected to present their own work and to participate in group discussions. The School’s program consists of lectures, panel discussions, and field trips within the region, followed by discussion sessions.

The Summer School is hosted by Ostroh Academy National University, situated in Ostroh, Rivne oblast in Volhynia, Western Ukraine. Ostroh Academy is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, and traces its roots to the influential Orthodox magnate Ostozhsky who, in 1576, established the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy that later bore his name. Reestablished in 1994, the new Ostroh Academy sees itself as the spiritual successor of the historic university. It has developed into a dynamic and internationally open institution, one of the top humanities schools in Ukraine. The campus, which will host the Summer School, combines beautifully renovated old buildings and well-equipped new constructions, surrounded by centenary trees.

One week, 4-10 July 2011 (5 working days). Arrival on July 4. Sessions begin on July 5 and end on July 9. Departure on July 10.

The Summer School is open to PhD students (or students enrolled in a kandidat nauk program) and young researchers (up to six years removed from their PhD or kandidat nauk degree). Empirically grounded proposals are particularly welcomed.

The working language of the Summer School will be English, and it is important that prospective participants have a good knowledge of this language.

The selection committee will select candidates based on their responses to this Call for Proposals. The selected candidates will be advised before the end of May.

Program Costs
There is no program fee. Local transportation from/to Kyiv, accommodation, meals, classes, lectures, seminars and excursions are provided by the organizers and free of charge.

Travel expenses from the participant's country to Kyiv should be arranged by him/herself or his/her university.

How to apply?
To be considered for the Summer School, candidates must complete an application form (that includes a 500 word project proposal) and add a CV. They can also send an additional written sample, such as a conference paper, a dissertation chapter, or a publication (optional). The application must be sent by e-mail to ukrainesummerschool@gmail.com, by 15 April 2011.

The application form can be requested at Ukrainesummerschool@gmail.com or downloaded on the web page of the Summer School, http://www.ukrainianstudies.uottawa.ca/summer_school.html (coming soon).

For more information, please contact:
Guillaume Colin
+380 44 504 01 39

Deadline for applications
15th April 2011

Application form for the Third International Summer School in Social Sciences in Ukraine «Soviet legacies and post-Soviet practices: economy, politics, everyday life» Ostroh (Ukraine), July 2011

Please fill in the blank and send it, as well as a CV and (if relevant) a copy of one of your publications, by e-mail to: Ukrainesummerschool@gmail.com.

Name, Surname :
Country :
Academic position: PhD Student / Aspirant – PhD/Kandidat Nauk – Researcher - Other
University affiliation:
E-mail : Date of Birth:
Postal address :
Mobile phone :
Another phone number (home, office…):

What are your expectations from the Summer School?

Please indicate the title of your (past or forthcoming) doctoral (kandidat) dissertation, and, if applicable, information about publications:

Describe your current research project (500 words) :

Any practical information you want us to know (accommodation or meal preferences…):

How did you hear about this summer school?